Almost everyone has heard of or seen Larabar’s in their local grocery store, which is why we thought we would keep the introduction limited. In short, Larabar “blend of unsweetened fruits, nuts and spices. Made from whole food, each fl avor contains no more than nine ingredients. Pure and simple, just as nature intended”. They recently introduced a brand new line of nutrition bars called ALT bars, which they describe as the alternative protein bar. “Alternative Protein Bar, is the first-ever bar with added protein from LÄRABAR! Many bar brands use soy or whey protein, but ALT uses an alternative protein source: peas. Vegan, gluten free, dairy free, and non-GMO, ALT also uses a wrapper that is 31% renewable”. This review will focus on all 4 of their brand new flavors, and will hopefully shine some light onto which bars look and sound the best to you. To learn more about Larabar and how you can get your hands on your own nutrition bars, be sure and head to their web-site for more information.
The first bar we tried out was their Cinnamon Crisp bar, and just like the other bars in their lineup, this bar is made with few ingredients, but all of the ingredients play a pivotal role. This bar taste exactly like a cinnamon apple pie or what have you, mainly because it’s full of cinnamon and apples. Texturally, it’s somewhat tougher than the other bars from LARABAR, but it’s still got that chew that everyone loves. Next, we took a look at their Lemon Pound Cake inspired nutrition bar, and even though this wasn’t our favorite in their new line, it did have a very refreshing quality to it that some protein bars don’t really have. It had the same texture as the other bars did, so don’t expect anything different there. The next flavor we tried out was the one that all of our tasters were looking forward to the most, mainly because that next flavor was Peanut Butter Cookie. Our high expectations were met with this bar, because it’s loaded with peanut buttery goodness, and that’s actually all our tasters were hoping to get. It has that richness that accompanies a classic peanut butter cookie, with the texture of one as well. Lastly, we tried our hand at one of the more interesting flavor ideas, but their Pumpkin Pie bar ended up becoming a favorite among a few of us before this review was over. The pumpkin flavor is strong, not overpowering, which is exactly what we wanted. What we enjoyed about this bar was the subtle notes of pumpkin and the burst of cinnamon and other spices that made this bar so warm and welcoming. If you’re looking for a protein bar that changes it up a bit with their flavors, we recommend you give at least one of these ALT bars a try. Overall (4 out of 5).
The pros are that they have 4 flavors to choose from, they’re all delicious and the texture is good, they have 10 grams of protein in them, you can purchase them in stores or from the Larabar online store, the bars are low in sodium, they’re vegan, and they’re free of dairy and gluten.
The cons are that they have a higher amount of sugar than some protein bars on the market, however, it all comes from natural sources that won’t affect your blood sugar as much.
- Calories 240
- Fat 10g
- Sodium 15mg
- Carbs 27g
- Fiber 3g
- Sugar 18g
- Protein 10g